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The Universal Exercise Unit

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The Universal Exercise Unit (UEU) resembles a cage and incorporates the use of pulleys, weights and bungee cords to help improve a child’s strength, flexibility and range of motion. The UEU allows the therapist to isolate and strengthen specific muscles to help improve function.  By incorporating the use of bungees, it allows the therapist to suspend a child and allow the child to perform activities in both partial and full weight-bearing.

Benefits of the Universal Exercise Unit

  • Increases strength and range of motion (active and passive range of motion)
  • Isolates desired (weakened) muscle or muscle groups and strengthen them to enable function
  • Eliminates gravitational forces acting on the body to facilitate weak muscle groups and active movement
  • Obtain measurable gains in muscle strength and flexibility
  • Improves balance and coordination
  • Focus on a particular functional skill
  • Facilitates upright position
  • Promotes developmental milestones
  • Partial or full weight-bearing
  • Very early postoperative rehabilitation
  • Promotes motor learning and motor planning
  • Provides a variety of sensory-integration techniques
  • Helps one to develop a sense of security and success
  • “Load” or “unload” the exercised joints (joint distraction or compression)
  • Promotes independence and overall improved physical image -“self-confidence”
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